Singer Sam Smith has announced that he prefers to be referred to as "she" rather than "he." Six months after his revelation, he does not identify himself as male or female.
Sky News respects Smith's wishes and will refer to him as in the remainder of this article.
Smith posted on Instagram on Friday and confirmed earlier reports that the British star wanted to change the pronoun.
The 27-year-old said, "I've decided to change my pronoun to him / her.
"Having been at war with my sex for a lifetime, I have decided to embrace myself as I am inside and out."
Smith added, "I hope you can see me the way I see you now, thank you."
In an interview With actress Jameela Jamil at her I Weigh show in March, Smith revealed that they do not identify themselves as male or female.
The singer set out not to be binary, saying, "You're just you. You're a mix of all kinds of things. You're your own special creation, so I'll take it.
"I'm neither male nor female, I think I'm somewhere in between."
Smith also said that they questioned their gender and considered a sex change.
On Friday, Smith added that they "did not have enough time to talk in detail about what it means not to be binary," but they could not wait for the day they were.
"At the moment I just want to be VISIBLE and OPEN," said the singer, mentioning a number of activists and leaders of the non-binary and transnational community who helped them and gave "so much clarity and understanding".
According to a report released Thursday in The Sun, a friend of the star said, "This is a decision that Sam has been thinking about for a long time, including much to read about it.
"He knows that some people will take longer than others to get it completely.
"First the request goes to the pals and then it is also forwarded to the music industry, it's an exciting and groundbreaking time."
Many non-binary people do not identify themselves as masculine or feminine, and describe themselves as they or they do rather than he or she.
On Twitter, Jamil wrote on Friday: "Bravo to @samsmith As more and more people in the public are known as Non Binary … can we convince the industry to allow awards to create a third gender category, even though that should not be too difficult "
The singer won an Oscar for Best Original Title for the Bond theme "Writing & # 39; s On The Wall" in 2016 and dedicated the award to the "LGBT community around the world".
In their speech, they said, "I stand here as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together someday."